Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps | Brasserie Fantôme

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - PrintempsFantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps

Brewed by:
Brasserie Fantôme

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a pilsner apart from the strong soapy head and lacing.

Light breadiness, orange peel and zesty spice.

The base beer is light and unobtrusive but Fantome has added it's secret dose of magic to make this beer exceptional. I don't know what they did but it works (I swear I taste cannabis).

Mouthfeel light, ABV controlled.

Sessionable beer that seems simple and reserved but under close inspection is a complex and distinct beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Corked and capped 750 ml from Tipples with "Best Before 2018" printed on the label. Pours slightly hazy golden colored with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is funky barnyard, some spices--cinnamon, clove, coriander--and a really interesting floral note that differentiates it substantially from the regular Saison. Flavor is spicy, very big on the cloves with barnyard funk lingering, lots of yeasty goodness, hay, more spice. Light to medium bodied with some wheaty sweetness and medium plus carbonation. An interesting take on the style with a very unique spice note.

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy but radiant ochre with one finger thick eggshell colored head. Settles slowly with sparse rings left on the glass. Smell: cardamom, orange peel, snappy grain, bready and light caramel in the back. Taste: fleeting caramel candy, nectarine, clove, orange peel, then a grainy sweet and note of blue cheese section, before finishing with a blast of coriander and a minty pop. Medium bodied, creamy but relaxed carbonation. A lot going on but pretty harmonious.

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Photo of brianmandell
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased January 2014 from a high volume store so assumed to be relatively fresh. This one pours a pale yellow retaining a nice foamy head. The last bottle of Fantome Saison I opened was a drain pour so I was pleased to get a good bottle. Fantome is one of the most unique and unusual beers. It is an experience, for better and for worse. It is very fruity - apple and apricot dominate - and that is my favorite aspect of the flavor profile. There is a slight tartness that is followed by herbal and medicinal flavors - I taste and smell mint, lavender and grass. There is also a faint band-aid plasticky flavor and then it finishes in an ashy smokiness. An earthy funk lasts throughout. I even get some funky cheese in there. It's like an episode of yeasts gone wild. The carbonation was textbook saison - active, creamy and full. This was not a gusher like the Saison was for me. In a word: strange. I am definitely rating higher based on the uniqueness of the brew. It is delicious - particularly the fruit flavors - and challenging at the same time due to the medicinal, band aid and ashy flavors. It's a worthwhile experience but I won't be in a rush to try it again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No notches marked for a Best Before date, but I've had the bottle for years (plural). Poured almost half into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Some sediment having trouble settling. Golden colored beer, with haze, to boot. Head was sudsy, but reformed into a thin cap. Lots of streaming bubbles.

Lightly tart. Happening, still, with a saison yeasty squalor. Gooseberry, lemon rind, basement funk, maybe tangerine, and some pale wheat Belgian malt. Hints of creaminess. Great nose.

Oh my... such a fruity saison, after all. Apple and lemon combo, plus notes of tangerine, apricot, and nectarine. Somewhat nectary, with a light funk note and a very thin tartness that seems to have developed and then undeveloped. Stone fruit fruitiness, too. Especially, after I poured the bottom of the bottle. Nuttiness, too. Needs some dryness in the finish. Good, but not great.

Drinks pretty good. Not too wet, far from not too puckery, either. Carbonation held up very well. Excellent.

A solid Fantome, but not as good as the Fall saison.

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Photo of dar482
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy golden orange. A bright sun orange.

The aroma has tons of spices, corainder, fresh mint, and then lemon with a bit of a smokeiness along with a saison funk.

The flavor follows with a bright juicy orange, orange peel, and then a big sweet bready malt. Throughout there's peppery spice and herbs like corainder and floral. There's a smokey flavor and musty funk in there as well with a grassy dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation.

A really well made saison and I actually prefer it to Fantome Saison.

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage. Hazy, straw like in color with a bone white head.

Yeast, grassy, spicy/ medicinal nose with a slight musty funk.

Flavor is similar to the aroma but less intense than I had anticipated. Light spice, lemon citrus and hay... Slightly metallic with a dry finish. Perfect carbonation and medium body.

Signature Fantôme. If I could I would buy this again... and again.. and again... and again...

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Photo of hopsputin
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: bright burnt yellow - hazy. large 4 finger frothy solid white head

s: funky, citrus zest, hay, nice coriander spice, caramel, lemongrass, band aid, dank citrus fruit and apricots

t: a little less intense than the regular. right away i'm noticing that band aid funkiness. then hit with a blend of sweet citrus fruit and clove/coriander. sweet lemons and oranges everything forward. on the end is effervescent with that barnyardy sweet citrus flavor. full of flavor for the ABV

m: medium mouthfeel, not as much carbonation as i would have expected, but thats not a bad thing

o: i'm a fan of the regular saison a little more - but this definitely one of the better saisons you can get you hands on. a nice blend of funk, citrus, and earthy flavors

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Photo of brewtus
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pored from bottle into white wine glass.
A- straw yellow with a three finger fluffy white head
S- grassy, funk, some smoke, citrus
T- straw, citrus fruit, especially lemon, hop presence, nice earthy bite, nice fresh flavor
M- good amount of carbonation but not too much, thinner than expected for abv which is nice
O- really like this one, has the saison funk, plenty of straw flavor, has a nice fresh bite though. This is my third fantome and I can detect a certain hallmark taste that they all have. This was complex and enjoyable

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Photo of tsauce2
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: 750 ml bottle in to a tulip glass

A: SRM is harvest yellow/dark straw. Translucent. White frothy 1 in head dissipates to top of beer. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast esters. Light straw/barnyard.

T: Light barnyard, clove/banana/Belgium yeast taste. Light and refreshing yet complex. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and funky, as a saison should be.

M: Light/medium body. Complexity of flavor add to body. Slightly dry finish; sets up well for the next sip.

O: What a great beer. Always a treat to drink.

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Photo of Kendo
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: Green 750 ml bottle (cost: about $16 at Olivers in Albany) that's both capped and corked. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Body is slightly hazed dark golden with a big (2 fingers) white head on top. More of a bright yellow body when backlit. Leaves nice clumps of lace on the glass.

S: Immediately upon pulling the cork I get that skunky, light-struck, green bottle-sort of smell. Also skunky buds. Putting my nose in the glass, I get the scent of wet ashtray which, mixed with the skunkiness, reminds me of college. Some earthy funkiness is there as well.

T: Ashy smokiness is apparent right off the bat and really never leaves. Some general barnyard funkiness at play too. Finishes with a nice lemony bitterness, however, with hints of grapefruity citrus as well, which leaves a nice lingering citrusy bitterness in the aftertaste. 8% ABV is not noticeable at all.

M: Light to medium in heft; carbonation is fine and unobtrusive.

O: An interesting beer. I'm enjoying it, though I knocked down both the smell and taste scores because of the skunkiness. Hours after finishing this beer, I could still taste the skunked, light-struck flavor. I really don't understand why good brewers use green glass for their bottles. . . .

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed orangish gold. Small bubbly white head with splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Flowers and powdery yeast. Bitter petal and musty damp earth. Lemon. Light pale malts add some light toasted and bready notes. fruity with some mealy pear and apple. Smells like Fantôme with that distinct funky powdery yeast. Some ripe banana and a light eatery spiciness.

Taste: Soft spice and yeast. Light clove and pale malt sweetness. Warming brings the yeast up a few notches. Some light lemon and melon. Flower petals and herbal, damp earth. Typical Fantôme funk is grassy with some hay. Musty. Slight bitterness. Mealy pear and apple skin. Lingering charred wood. Something akin to floral soap. Woody.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a moderate carbonation. A bit crisp with a medium body. Relatively clean for Fantôme.

Overall: Uh, yeah.

It's Fantôme. I swear be makes one huge batch and just leaves batches in various places in Belgium for a few months. This one was left near a farm, fire pit, and flower patch.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 9/13/13

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Appearance: Pours somewhere between medium amber and deep orange with some bright gold and yellow highlights - pours with a bright white, medium sized, creamy head - keeps a solid, dense head

Smell: Yup, this smells like a Fantôme - damp, wet cellar funk - a bit brighter than the average Fantôme though, with some interesting citrus - fleshy orange and some lemon - floral aromas, some light Belgian spice - some soft, pale grains

Taste: Interesting to start, gets nice once warmed up - funky, with some earthy, wet basement and some hay - some clove and banana - tangerine and lemon flesh, nice citrus profile - some lime as well - some leafy and spicy notes - some pale malts - nice amount of sweetness that works well with he fruitiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, finishes a little earthy but mostly dry

Overall: Truly, the price of temps

In past reviews I have noted that I enjoy Fantôme beers more than "average." And this is no exception. The musty, funky notes work well with the yeasty esters. I approve.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw, hazy cream gold with beautiful cream white, dusty yellow head that is cloudy and puffy.

Smells amazing, wheat, green bottle funk. Lemony citrus and grass with cannabis. Just a perfect saison smell, a bit of yeast and bread dough.

The taste is superb. It takes a bit and a little warmth to bring out the full spectrum, and when it comes out it really brings some classy and unusual flavors to the table. There is plenty of saison bread and yeast with that creamy lemon citrus, but then there i something else which I cannot explain any other way than a fine cigarette smoke... not the oddly sweet second hand but as if you were smoking a very good cigarette. It has this ashy cigarette, tobacco smoke taste to it. Not strong, but just a note that leads up with the cannabis taste and then down into the subtle and dry herbal hops. (BE AWARE!!! I do not smoke, I have smoked cigarettes on occasion and this is why I make such reference, my palate is not tainted!!!) This beer is so even and fine. Sharing this with my brother, he looked over and told me its almost like most green bottle beers, but with ultimate class. Well put, this has unyielding class and quality.

Alcohol is utterly vacant.

Mouthfeel is creamy but clean, refreshing and dry. For 8%abv, this is super smooth and delicious. I could go on and on. But this is well achieved... it's like drinking a cloud of awesome.

Overall, probably one of the finest saisons I have ever had. One of the most intriguing and delicate. A bit more aggressive than some but it doesn't break the gates, if you have a chance to buy this, do it! Should I ever see this saison again, hands down, cost doesn't matter, this is another amazing saison from Fantome. In my mind, quintessential, like most of Fantome's fine saisons.

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Photo of rand
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I actually posted this review in 2010 under their "Saison" , not realizing I was reviewing the wrong beer.

From bottle to tulip glass

750 mL, with a bottle cap and a cork

This is one of the first Belgian Saisons I've tried, as I've sampled many of the American varieties, but I was surprised to smell a tart, fruity scent when I poped the cork. The sweetness is closer to a Flanders Ale than the grassy, funky Saisons I've sampled from around here.

The beer pours a light golden-tan with a small, dissipating head, reminding me as much of a Mimosa than of a beer. The tulip glass compounded what I picked up when I opened the bottle - ripe lemon, orange and nectarine round out the bouquet as subtle alcohol volatiles tickle your nose. As you sip, the slightly tart, citrus flavors pique your palate, but then become the dominant flavors - few of the typical 'beer' flavors follow. That's not to say you can't pick up a bit of a malty sweetness in the background, but this beer has a singular juice-like quality - my Mimosa reference isn't that far off.

Fantome seems to use the Saison as their canvas. If you're expecting that typical carbonation-meets-funk character, it's in there, but it's only the first layer. The rest of the beer is will remind you that you've never tasted anything quite like this.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Lot nC, best by February 2015 on label
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Fantome's 2013 Printemps is a saison with notable bitter hops, lemon-lime zest with coriander and saison yeast complexities. The smoke flavor is enough to detract some points early on, but as it disappears without any effort in a modest amount of time after opening, I feel like I was able to experience the full spectrum of what Dany was trying to offer here. Would I get this again? Definitely, but I do hope that the brewer is able to resolve these smoke-like qualities appearing in his beers, as others seem to have not been so fortunate with Fantome as myself.

Pours a large, dense (small bubbles), cloud-like head of fluffy white foam, with excellent retention of several minutes, very slowly fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer for the duration of the drink. Lacing is excellent, a dense wash of wavy, pock-marked foam clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a light golden orange color, with light bringing out golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy beer (20-30% opaque), very active and numerous.

Aroma is fairly bright, rather floral, fruity in a lemon citrus way, with some coriander and a bit of the Fantome yeast strain(s) yielding slightly light mustiness and sitting-in-the-sun hay. Kind of like a saison-witbier hybrid, very pleasant, and definitely a flavor combination that has influenced other saison brewers.

A moderately light, slightly salty, smoky flavor is present in this beer at first, but as the beverage warms, this fades out and allows the other flavors to become dominant: eventually, I'm not able to detect any smoke character at all (without the smoke, I would have rated this 4.25-4.5). Front of palate detects lemon-lime zest with hints of coriander, flowers, candied ginger, Fantome yeast mustiness and hay-like funk, and pale malt sweetness. Mid-palate of clean, assertive hop bitterness with notable floral qualities, coriander and lemon peel, candied ginger, mild yeast-influenced mustiness and hay-like flavors with a slight pale malt sweetness in the background. Back of palate picks up strong, clean hop bitterness with equally notable coriander and lemon-lime zest flavors. Aftertaste of clean, assertive hop bitterness with some floral and herbal notes as well as minor pale malt sweetness.

Beer is medium in body, with carbonation of medium-high intensity, resulting in, at first, a slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but this quickly becomes lightly foamy, which is classic and quite pleasant for the style. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with white head that lingers well in my outlined fantome tulip. Good bit of lacing along sides of glass.

Smell is tangy acidic lemon-lime with a good bit of funk.

Taste is bready with smokey off flavor and then the dreaded band-aide nastiness in the aftertaste. Not horrible but really not that good.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was a disappointment. This is my least favorite of the Fantome brews I have had.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a tulip)
086/477044 on cork
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy lemon yellow body with a thick sticky snow white head that produces nice broken lace and some long strands of tiny bubbles trail to the surface.

S- The nice saison yeast character leads to a full wet stale wood ash aroma in the finish that grows as the beer opens. Some green grass notes and dry bubblegum esters come through as it opens aswell.

T- The bright saison yeast esters are soon over powered by a big harsh bitterness and some smoky stale wood ash aromas in the finish lead to a slight band-aid hint as it warms.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to the finish and no astringency.

O- The nice saison is hidden away under the smoky bitter wood ash off flavors that go from balanced to dominating as the beer opens. It was hard to get through the full bottle.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Solid pour provides a huge head with tight bubbles which hangs around for a while.

S- Hops, farmhosue yeast, and and citrus dominate the nose.

T- Tasty stuff, with sweetnes up front, a tart middle, and a drying finish. Wish the end was more of a dry finish than a hop bitterness.

M- Smooth and carbonated well, maybe a hint too much carb.

O- Overall, a solid Fantome, though I prefer the Hiver more.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.97/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a bright, hazy golden color with two fingers of white head. Retention and lacing are poor.

S: Very bright, fruity and citrusy. Fresh lemon zest mixes with apricots and light to moderate funk.

T: Moderate fruity acidity is present - similar to that of an apricot. Funk comes in after that, but it is a bit odd in nature. I get a ginger flavor as well. It's like a slightly funky fruity cocktail with ginger.

M: Moderate thickness with low carbonation.

O: A roller coaster of a beer. Great color, terrible head retention and lacing, great fruity aroma, odd flavor.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, hazy golden orange with a thick, creamy, pillowy white head that takes quite some time to recede, leaving a thick trail of white lace down the sides of the glass. When held up to the light, little chunks of yeast are visible at the bottom of the glass and suspended in the liquid.

S: Floral, herbal aromas reminiscent of dandelions and violets are first to appear on the nose, followed by scents of biscuits, crackers, grass, straw, papaya, guanabana, unripened pineapple, orange, lemon, tangerine, spiced pears, clove, and lactic, funky yeast.

T: Notes of dandelion, heather, violets, fennel, clove, anise, crackers, biscuits, heavy cream, straw, grass, lemon, lime, tangerine peel, orange rind, green apple, unripened pineapple, guanabana, papaya, must, and lactic, vinegary funk contribute an especially turbulent feel to the mouth. The finish is herbal and floral with dandelion, heather, violets, cream, and baking spices giving way to delicate notes of spiced pears, oak, and cider apples.

M: Light-to-medium in body, smooth, and creamy. Alcohol presence is very restrained and the beer goes down very easily. The only problem here is that it is slightly undercarbonated. Still, it is easy to drink for such a complex, idiosyncratic ale.

O: It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Brasserie Fantome and saisons in general. This year's Saison d'Erezee-Printemps is an excellent take on the style. If you are into Belgian ales at all, then you will probably enjoy this, or at the very least, find it intriguing.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was one of the more interesting I've tried with so much going on - extreme complexity in flavors.
Initial presentation is unique with a cap that requires a bottle opener and then a corn that requires a corkscrew.
Taste hits of initial bitter, dry, crisp, pungent, sour fruit like citrus lemon, grass. Body is less than medium with lots of carbonation.
Overall I probably wouldn't buy again - a bit too much going on here

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into my snifter. I'm not sure when this one was bottled, but it was gathering dust at my local bottle shop, so it may have a year or two.

Appearance: Crisp dark straw color, relieved that it isn't the dreaded "Fantome Shampoo." Nice head recedes after a little. Looks fine.

Smell: Citrusy lemon rind and orange yields to a musty barn full of wet old hay. Literally, it smells like a musty old barn.

Taste: This is the funkiest beer I've ever tasted. Sour almost tart initial taste yields to funky wet hay and then back to a tart finish. Lemon on the back end. Really don't taste the alcohol anywhere, especially for 8%.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and drinkable. Leaves a weirdly pleasant funky after taste. The citrus and funk totally play off each other.

Overall: I recommend this beer if you are into saisons; might not be everyone's cup of tea. Really rustic, reminds me of my family farm up in the mountains. Has some vinous qualities due to some dry citrus but the funk really balances it out. Due to the amount of funk, I dare say this baby must have had some years on it. Very drinkable and refreshing, love the lemony citrus.

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Photo of MarioM
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Luettich Balloon glass

A: Very pale straw yellow with a creamy white head and decent carbonation. Amazing how pale this is, also a little hazy but definitely not cloudy.

S: When the cork was pulled I got a whiff of what I very quickly recognize as the "Fantome character", very floral yet earthy with huge hints of fruit and lemon grass like notes. Very unique and probably my favorite aroma.

This beer smells f-ing amazing! So hard to explain exactly what it is I smell but man, never get tired of it.

T: Very carbonated with a slight smokey almost savory taste to it that seems to go away as you drink. Very dry beer and EXTREMELY refreshing and drinkable. Dry dry bitterness is very satisfying and really defines this brew. Its not a hop bitterness like in an IPA but more of a tonic water bite.

Flavors aren't as big here as the standard saison however, this is a much more refreshing almost carbonation driven, which makes for a very drinkable brew even at 8% abv. I wonder what spices are used, definitely used sparingly and perfectly. Hard to determine what's in there but add huge character.

There's also a very smooth fruitiness to it similar to the nose, which lingers and is very tasty. A perfect balance of spices, yeast character and what ever else Dany P likes to add to his ghosts.

M: High carbonation make for a very crisp and refreshing beer. High carbonation adds to the dryness and amplifies the bitterness well. The 'Fantome' character lingers with nice bitterness and leaves you wanting more. A very dry, refreshing and drinkable brew.

O: What a god dammed f-ing good brew. This is perfect for spring or 'Printemps' as it is called. Such a unique beer. Definitely buying more next time I come across it.

Man, that lingering bitterness and weird Fantome character is mind boggling. Who knows how its done... Easily one of my favorite beers. Every single time I drink a Fantome it re-justifies why I consider it my favorite brewery.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Lemonade and gin,
life is wearing thin by general consensus."
-The Minus 5

Poured into a Bell's tulip on 5/30/13

Not sure how old the bottle is; I bought in last year.

Clear, golden yellow; surprisingly clear. Many rising bubbles. The two finger head is short lived though and isn't much for lacing.

The aroma is a heavy blend of gin-like botanical/herbal notes, raw lemon zest and rind, cracked pepper and lemongrass. A few minutes find the aroma tilting toward a spices and a stronger pepper presence. A warm glass smells like gin and tonic.

The flavor is similar, though with a pronounced lemon tartness. The gin notes are lessened whereas damp grass and slight funkiness are more prominent. Vinous, white wine overtones. Lightly toasted grains emerge with warmth. It becomes less tart over time.

The body is light, the feel snappy and carbonation tapering from high to subdued. Very slightly musty finish.

This is has really terrific semblances of liquor and wine in a beer. Fantastic for what it is.

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Fantôme Saison D'Erezée - Printemps from Brasserie Fantôme
4.04 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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